Condemned killers in 2 Fort Worth murder cases lose appeals

HOUSTON (AP) - Two inmates on Texas death row for slayings in Fort Worth have lost appeals at the U.S. Supreme Court.

Justices without comment Monday refused to review appeals from 60-year-old Billy Jack Crutsinger and 46-year-old Christopher Wilkins.

Both argued they had deficient legal help at their trials in Tarrant County.

Crutsinger is awaiting execution for the fatal stabbings of 89-year-old Pearl Magouirk and her 71-year-old daughter Patricia Syren during a robbery 12 years ago at their Fort Worth home.

Wilkins was convicted of fatally shooting two men in Fort Worth for duping him into buying a phony rock of crack cocaine.

At the time of the 2005 slayings, Wilkins had escaped from a Houston halfway house and drove a stolen truck to Fort Worth.

Neither convict has an execution date yet.

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